University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Board of Advisors

Stephen H. Badgett

Stephen H. Badgett Deputy General Manager & Chief Operating Officer
City of Riverside’s Public Utilities (RPU)


Stephen H. Badgett is the Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for Riverside Public Utilities. Badgett has been with Riverside Public Utilities for more than 23 years, serving in various management and executive roles. He has been working in the public utilities sector for more than 39 years.

Mr. Badgett presently manages over 600 employees in all aspects of a full service water and electric utility, including Finance, Service Delivery, Public Relations, Human Resources, and Legislative Affairs.  The organization plans, designs, constructs, operates and maintains the utility, with an annual budget of over $500 million, and a service area of 100 square miles with over 300,000 residents.  Working with an elected Mayor and City Council and appointed Board of Public Utilities, he directs the development and implementation of the corporate strategy and policy for Riverside Public Utilities, to ensure customer satisfaction and economic development in the city.  .

Badgett is a graduate of the Tennessee State Technical Institute and the University of Memphis with degrees in architectural and electrical engineering respectively. He also completed the Executive Management Program from the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside; is a graduate of Leadership Riverside; and holds a California electric contractor's license.

Badgett sits on the California Municipal Utilities Association Board of Governors and the Southern California Public Power Authority Board of Directors as well as a member of numerous water and electric agencies and committees. 

A true believer in community involvement, Badgett volunteers his time to a number of local interests including; the Board of Advisors to the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside; the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce’s Leadership Riverside Steering Committee; and the Western Municipal Water District's Customer Advisory Committee.

Peter Chu

Peter Chu Manager, Advanced Technologies
The Boeing Company

Dr. Peter Chu is Manager of Advanced Technologies for Electronic Products, a Shared Integrated Product Team within Space & Intelligence Systems, a business unit of The Boeing Company located in El Segundo, California.  He is responsible for coordinating a wide range of development efforts including photonics, laser communications, specialized test equipment, and special projects.  He is also New Business lead for Electronic Products and oversees various business development activities.  He has been involved in a broad range of technologies and has had a broad range of project management experience. 

Dr. Chu started his career working semiconductor materials and devices.  He was a III-V “bandgap” engineer growing material starting with chemical vapor deposition and eventually with molecular beam epitaxy as well as fabricating devices.  He gradually expanded into process engineering for MMIC fabrication.  He was responsible for the transition of a 0.
25mm pHEMT process from development into manufacturing.  He eventually became Head of Fab Process Engineering for Hughes Aircraft’s GaAs Operations, a Gallium Arsenide MMIC foundry located in Torrance, CA.  In this role, he was responsible for the delivery of hundreds of thousands of MMICs, overseeing both development and sustaining engineering in the foundry.

After transitioning to Hughes Space & Communications (later to become Boeing Satellite Systems) he worked on single event effects on SiGe and InP BiCMOS technologies.  He then became Manager of the Optical Communications Activity at BSS overseeing the development of advanced photonics and laser communications systems.  At the end of 2010 he transitioned to become Manager of Advanced Technologies.

He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1982, and his M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.  He holds four U.S. patents in HBT, PHEMT, and photonic technologies, and has published more than 30 papers.

Jim Dimarogonas

Jim Dimarogonas

Space Communications and Networking Portfolio Manager

Center for National Security

Dr Jim Dimarogonas serves as portfolio manager for the Space Communications and Networking Portfolio in the MITRE Corporation’s Center for National Security (CNS).


Over the past decade, Dr Jim Dimarogonas has been supporting the Air Force Space and Missile systems Center (SMC) on space based communications and networks; ground based networks supporting military space missions; enterprise level SATCOM Architecture studies; and design of secure communication systems.  This includes the study of commercial and military payloads, terminals, protected communication services and SATCOM acquisition practices.


Since joining MITRE in 1999, Jim has been a leader and technical contributor for several satellite activities and programs, including project leader for the Transformational Satellite Communication System (TSAT); Chief Engineer for the NII Network Centric Capability Portfolio Management program under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3 Space and Spectrum; Project leader for several DARPA and Army R&D intelligence and information security programs; and project leader for several SATCOM terminal programs for the Army, Navy and Air Force such as FAB-T, WIN-T and JTRS.


Jim received a BS and MS in Mechanical engineering in 1994 and an MS and PhD in System Science and Applied Mathematics in 2000 with concentration in signal processing and control systems, all from Washington University in St Louis; and an MBA from University of California Irvine with concentration in Public Policy. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Information Systems Information Security Professional (CISSP), and holds a graduate certificate in Information Systems Security from the University of California Irvine.


Jim has published 22 articles and several major MITRE Technical Reports in the areas of Secure Communications and Networking, Secure Satellite Communications, Intelligence and Information Security Systems and Homeland Security systems.


Jean M. Easum (UCR Alumni)

Jean M. Easum Supervisory Scientist
Naval Surface Warfare Center

Biography: Coming Soon


Hossny E. El-Sherief

Hossny E. El-Sherief Manager, Electronics Software & Engineering Center
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Mission Systems


Industrial Work History and Experience

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems 1987 – Present
Senior Manager, Guidance, Navigation and Control Center

Exxon Production Research Company (1981 to 1987)
Group leader and Research Engineering specialist.

Academic Work History and Experience

Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, University of California, Riverside (1996 to present)
Teaching classes in digital signal processing, digital control and microelectronics circuits. Participated in the development of a graduate program.

Member of the Advisory Board, Electrical Engineering Department (1989 to present)
Member of the Advisory Board at the University of California, Irvine, University of California, Riverside, the California State University, Long Beach and the University of Nevada, Reno.
Served on several committees, including curriculum development, laboratory development and ABET-2000 accreditation preparation.

Master Thesis Committee Member, California Sate Polytechnic University, Pomona, (1993-1995)
Served as a member of a Master Thesis committee at the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Petroleum and Minerals (1979 to 1981)
Taught courses in control systems, state estimation, electronics. Conducted research and advised Master Thesis on the subject of system identification.


PhD Electrical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada, 1979
MS Electrical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada, 1977
BS Applied Mathematics (honors), Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1975
BS Electrical Engineering (honors), Cairo University, Egypt, 1973

Published over 60 technical papers in journals and conferences on system identification, digital signal processing, GPS, modeling and simulation, guidance and control.

Jun Guo

Jun Guo
Broadcom Corporation

Biography: Coming Soon


Arman Hovakemian

Arman Hovakemian

Chief Technology Officer

Naval Surface Warfare Center

Arman Hovakemian has been Chief Technology Officer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, since 2012, and leads research, science and technology efforts for the Commanding Officer, Technical Director and Deputy Technical Director.

As Chief Technology Officer, Hovakemian is responsible for leadership and direction for technology transition, plus developing and disseminating plans and policy for NSWC Corona’s science and technology programs.  He is the principal advisor on research management practices, investment direction, a liaison with research and development, science and technology leadership, and an advocate for collaboration between Corona’s personnel and science and technology fields found in academia and industry.          


Cyrus Johnson (UCR Alumni)

Cyrus Johnson Principal
CyTech, LLC


Cy Johnson is an alumni of University of California, Riverside. He earned his B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1998. As an undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Ilya Dumer on several National Science Foundation research projects in error correcting codes. After graduating from UCR, he earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at UCLA in 1999, focusing on communications.
He has been an independent consultant for the last decade. As a consultant, he works with the latest technology, in multiple fields including:
• ZigBee lower power mesh network applications, based on IEEE 802.15
• 4G LTE Channel Estimation using DPUs
• Proton accelerator for cancer patient treatment
• HomePlug AV power line communications
• Secure, tamper proof PIN encrypting smart card devices for the financial industry
• Security and cryptography for a satellite service provider


Kumaran Krishnasamy (UCR Alumni)

Kumaran Krishnasamy Principal Engineer
Broadcom Corporation
UCR EE Alumni

Biography: Coming Soon


Jennifer (Jenny) Mow

Jennifer (Jenny) Mow
Northrup Grumman Corporation

Biography: Coming Soon


Brian Petrini (UCR Alumni)

Brian Petrini Technical Product Manager
UCR EE Alumni


Brian M. Petrini is a technical product manager for IBM, in their Systems - Middleware division since 2013.  He is responsible for the IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) product, overseeing the areas of migration, integration, performance, security, HA/DR, database and configuration. Prior to joining the BPM PLM organization in 2013, he was in the IBM Software Services for WebSphere team, where he spent 13 years helping customers use IBM products in the areas of integration architecture, service oriented architecture (SOA) design and development, enterprise architecture, business process management (BPM) methodologies, mentoring and training.

He is a frequent conference presenter, having presented at over two dozen conferences.  He is also passionate about education, having co-created 3 IBM internal courses and taught them to hundreds of students over the years.

He is a graduate of UCR in Electrical Engineering in 1996.

Dennis K. Rice

Dennis K. Rice Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems


In February 2011, Dennis K. Rice retired as contractor employee working at the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector in El Segundo, California. Since February 2006 he had been supporting a Sector Engineering program to provide common best-in-class engineering tools/processes to enable work-sharing across the Sector & achieve the “design anywhere” objective. Over 800 Sector level processes/procedures were standardized. It has been successful expediting program standup timelines, enhancing engineering quality & reducing cost of rework for major Sector programs. He also provided advisory support to the newly reformed Corporate University Relations Advisory Board.

From January 1999 until February 2006 Dr. Rice was the Assistant Dean for Planning, Industry Relations, and Administration for the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He helped formulate long term and short term scenarios regarding faculty growth, student growth, space needs and extramural research support. He acted as liaison with industry, collaborating with outside organizations to create and grow academic programs to provide future workforce and technology transfer. He created and managed a Council of Advisors for the College and supported the Department Chairs in creating and managing department advisory boards. He also coordinated College communications efforts by developing strategies to publicize programs, personnel, and facilities and had responsibility for oversight of aspects regarding budgets, space, equipment, staff, personnel matters, health and safety, affirmative action and administrative policies and procedures.

After spending 28years with the Northrop Grumman Corporation he retired at the end of 1998. He retired as Corporate Vice President for Planning. He managed the Fortune 200 company’s planning process during its growth from $3B to $9B in sales. He also facilitated the process for authorizing annual R&D investments of $300M in products and programs providing for continued growth of the corporation. As chair of the company’s Educational Relations Advisory Board he supervised the distribution of $15-20M to a target set of universities for improved access to technology, business processes, and enhanced recruiting.

Prior to his corporate assignment he was a Division Vice President responsible for all aspects of combining two multi-hundred $M divisions including closing the facilities of one. Previously he was a Division Vice President for Advanced Systems which entailed responsibility for program management, engineering, manufacturing, R&D, marketing, finance, planning and facilities for a high technology business area which eventually generated over $1.5B in sales.

He had previous experience as Division Manager of Advanced Systems, Assistant to Division General Manager for Technology and Planning, Manager of Electro-Optical Engineering, Program Manager for High Power Lasers and Director of Engineering.

During his career he has been recognized in Who’s Who in Technology Today, American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Community Leaders in America, Who’s Who in California, Who’s Who in U.S. Executives, and others.

He has been on the Board of Directors of the Independent Colleges of Southern California, Harvey Mudd President’s Advisory Board, Chair of UC Irvine’s Engineering Steering Committee, and other University advisory boards. He currently serves on the Electrical Engineering Advisory Board at UC Riverside.

Dr. Rice was born in Newell, West Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University. He attended the University of Southern California and received a M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering. He also attended the Engineering Executive Program and the Advanced Management College at Stanford University and the Executive Program at the University of California, Irvine.

Becky, his wife of 42 years, passed away in December 2012. He has two daughters, a son, two grandsons and a granddaughter. He enjoys golf, exercise, bridge, guitar and singing in the church choir.

J.R. Richardson

J.R. Richardson Principal Systems Engineer with Honors
Network Centric Systems (NCS)
M.S. Aerospace Engineering


J.R. Richardson is a Principal Systems Engineer with Honors at Raytheon – Network Centric Systems (NCS) Fullerton, CA, currently serving the Highway Transportation Management Systems (HTMS) group in strategic technology and business development. Since 2008 J.R. has filed 6 patents for his work in the traffic safety field, most notably for advanced pedestrian warning system technology. He also currently serves the transportation industry as a member of the OmniAir connected vehicle Certification Committee. Prior to joining HTMS he served the Navigation and Landing Systems (NLS) group as WAAS program System Safety Certification Lead for 5 years. He received his B.S. (1984) and M.S. (1992) in Aerospace Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He also has extensive experience in flight simulation (Northrop and Hughes Training), aircraft avionics design and implementation (Northrop and Lockheed Martin), and air traffic management systems development (Hughes/Raytheon). He joined Raytheon on the WAAS program in 1996 and has served the aerospace industry for 26 years.

Patrick M. Sain

Patrick M. Sain Principal Multi-Disciplined Engineer
Raytheon Electronics Systems

Biography: Coming Soon


Joel Schulman

Joel Schulman Senior Scientist
The Aerospace Corporation


Joel Schulman is a Senior Scientist at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. Prior to 2008 he was a scientist at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, CA for twenty-three years, most recently as Principal Research Scientist. He has been an Adjunct Professor since 1985 in the Electrical Engineering Department. He received a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. He is an author of eleven patents and over one hundred journal articles. Prior to joining HRL, Dr. Schulman was an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Hawaii. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Tokyo. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Alex Poveda

Poveda Image Mission Design Engineer
Virgin Orbit


Alex Poveda is a Mission Design Engineer for Virgin Orbit in Long Beach, CA. Virgin Orbit is the newest number of the Virgin family. Their team is hard at work launching the smallsat revolution. They are in the final stages of testing and preparation of LauncherOne, a two-stage, expendable, LOX/RP-1 rocket that launches from their mobile air launch pad, a dedicated Boeing 747-400 carrier aircraft, called Cosmic Girl.

Alex is a graduate of the University of California Riverside (UCR), where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996. His first job was with Logicon in El Segundo, CA, where he was a systems engineer and member of the Future Architecture Network Integrated Product Team for the United States Air Force Satellite Control Network. Alex then transitioned to TRW in San Bernardino, CA, where he was a scientist performing analysis on launch vehicles and on intercontinental ballistic missiles for the United States Air Force, officially making him a "rocket scientist." As the company name changed through merges and acquisitions Alex held successively responsible positions from Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) engineer, GN&C lead, Software, Controls, and Electronics Manager, to Launch Services Mission Assurance Program Manager and site lead. The company changed from TRW, to Northrop Grumman, to TASC, and to Engility. Alex was a member of the TASC team that helped NASA with a moon exploration mission that launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). After 20 years from when he started with TRW, Alex has now transitioned to Virgin Orbit, to help them design trajectories for their new rocket LauncherOne.

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education -- is important to Alex. He became involved in STEM when asked by his wife, a teacher at the time, to speak to her eighth-grade science class. He's also presented at the elementary level to first-grade and fifth-grade students, and at the university level with presentations to signals and systems classes and electrical engineering freshman seminar class at UCR, and has represented his employer at various university hiring events. He is also currently a member of the Foothill Knolls STEM Academy of Innovation advisory board and a member of the UCR College of Engineering Advisory Board.

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